When the Patriots announced the signing of 12 undrafted free agents, the team also signed two UDFA's who we hadn't previously reported. These were Aaron Lavarias, the pass rushing linebacker out of Idaho as well as kicker Chris Koepplin out of Massachusetts.
Koepplin actually played at UMass for two seasons up until 2007. According to the Patriots' press release, "he became the career record holder in PAT percentage (98.0) and was second in field goal percentage (71.0). Koepplin played for the Manchester Wolves of the Arena Football 2 League in 2008 and 2009." Koepplin appears to just be an extra leg for training camp.
The addition of Lavarias is also an interesting one. Lavarias stands at just over 6'2" and weighs in at 255 lbs. His senior season at Idaho, he recorded 9.5 sacks and 51 total tackles. In addition, he ran a 4.62 40 yard dash at his Pro Day. Here's what Sports Illustrated had to say on him in their pre-draft report:
Undersized college pass rusher with poor size/speed numbers. Plays with good leverage, displays quickness, and fluid if asked to twist or stunt. Immediately changes direction, smooth moving laterally and plays with good pad level. Shows speed off the edge and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.
A speed rusher with good fluidity and real sack production at the college level? Me likey.
Which pass rusher has the best shot to make the Patriots' roster?
Markell Carter (249 votes)
Aaron Lavarias (112 votes)
Alex Silvestro (41 votes)
Ryan Coulson (15 votes)
Clay Nurse (32 votes)
449 total votes